The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. rugbyrtcwka

    rugbyrtcwka railroader

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    It's taken me a couple of weeks to get through to the end of this RR, and I've enjoyed every word/picture/video of it. Oh, and I concur, You do have a great sense in how to emote with those smilies.

    Even though I'm a pavement pounder, you have given me a good deal of ideas for my first road trip next June.

    Looking forward to LDF and your continued adventures.:clap
  2. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Sorry for the delay, but I'm still recovering from this weekend's abuse in the Berkshires with the Terra Mostro. :wink:

    Now... where was I?

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    Oh yeah, pulling up to Dempster Corner, where we refueled, split a bowl of soup, and saw a friendly sticker on the door -- hey, I know what that means! :thumb

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  3. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    enough range, enough knobs, good weather... let's hit it:

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    and off we went, to conquer the Dempster :D

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    Finally, after 700 miles of pavement to get here, we're looking at 452 miles of dirt EACH WAY! :ricky:ricky

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    In case you're wondering, here's where the dirt starts.
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Birch,

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    AND spruce: :deal

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    An example of riding the Dempster in the best of conditions...

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    while contemplating the implications of losing "bad shit happening" immunity. :brow
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    opened up...

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    and revealed their impressive scope.

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    Here's some insight into the challenges I face in our relationship... :lol3

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    ...and some more sampling of riding the Dempster. :thumb
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    some elevation,

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    and I just had to stop and bust out the M9 for a little HDR action. :rayof

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    (Click the image above for an insanely huge version)
  7. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    were actually holding up pretty well. :thumb

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    Mefo Mofo's... gotta love 'em. :wink:

    We were really just savoring the moment, and taking it all in.

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    this photo:

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    you have to watch this video:

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    espresso shacks. :brow They're everywhere.

    Even closer:

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  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    what the road would be like wet.

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    we'd eventually find out,

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    but for the time being,

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    it was like a

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    perfectly graded motocross track,

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    we'd soon find out why. :brow
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    it didn't look real when we were there either.

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    Take two steps

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    off either side of the road,

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    and you'd be standing in

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    pristine,

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    unspoiled

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    wilderness. :thumb
  11. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    seemed like it was just graded:

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    :doh And what we found on the other side of the grader....

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    another espresso shack! :loco
  12. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Jiffy POP! :thumb

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    A 360 degree panorama of the Dempster Highway:

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    right near a landing strip. :brow
  13. Sonoran_KLXRider

    Sonoran_KLXRider MotoMischief

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    This has to be one of the best RR's on ADV! The pics are fantastic Doc! :thumb:thumb:thumb:thumb:thumb
  14. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Hailstorm in the middle of a grizzly bear attack?!!!
    You sound like my mother :lol3

    John
  15. Jeff Opunx

    Jeff Opunx Go BaBy Go...

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  16. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We weren't stopping for anything much...

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    really, this was all top gear stuff...

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    I would slow down, though, when I saw something really interesting;
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    especially when I was certain LDF missed it. :smooch
  17. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    to engineer creek campground, the road surface changed from the light tan packed gravel, to a looser and darker flavor,

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    (sorry about the echo here :dunno)
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    and the riding conditions went from "excellent" to "very good". Not tough at all.

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    Up ahead, we saw some cliffs that were reminiscent of the San Rafael Reef, in Utah that we'd seen way back during Mobius II!

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    Here is the YT version closer,

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    Anyway, it reminded ME of UT :dunno but now that I see the photos next to each other, not so much. :scratch This was only 2km from Engineer Creek campground, and soon we were there.

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  18. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    Dammit... now I find with every photo I'm looking for the loose strap. :lol3
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    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    :wink: Doc you are truly a Saint. LDF is certainly lucky to have a man that can so valiantly overlook all of her faults.























    BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!:rofl :rofl :rofl



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  20. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    The pics are fabulous!:clap

    However, the road doesn't look like the MX track I road years ago.:huh